Here’s a Firefly of a different color. Hailing from a Toys R Us multi-pack that also included a set of modern “greenshirt” GI Joes, Firefly got into the variant game by changing up his costume from grey to blue. He even painted his gear to match. Quite fashionable. I have to say that I get a kick out of having the classic Firefly phone in a lovely shade of blue.
You can’t complain too much about the parts choice here, considering that the library available to the designers was limited at the time. Yes, firefly shouldn’t be wearing a commando sweater, but that’s because he shared a body mold with Beachhead for much of the 25th Anniversary era. It wasn’t until offshoots like Resolute and the post-movie lines that his modern figures started to deviate from the 1984 version. By the time those series rolled around, I was ready to see something new anyway. An interpretation of his new sculpt era designs, or even his 1992 uniform would have been nice.
Of course, being based on the original 25th Anniversary version of the character, we’re stuck again with the issue of the figure’s web gear. I don’t really have to describe the problem, as it’s apparent as soon as you look at the figure. High angle shots minimize the effect of the crowded shoulder gear in photos, but in person the toy just looks goofy. In my mind, Hasbro didn’t get a modern version of a classic-style Firefly right until 2013.
Finally, in handling this toy again, I realized just to what extent the most recent GI Joe toys have become soft and pliable. While this figure isn’t made from the same kind of hard plastic of the 80s and 90s era, there is definitely a tactile difference from the most recent releases. Compared to a 2015 GI Joe, this Firefly felt more substantial. I hadn’t realized that before, and I wonder now if the softer figures will someday break down into sticky piles of ooze.